Education Featured Article
November 20, 2012
Rothesay Netherwood School Contracts Avaya to Upgrade its LAN
By David Gitonga, TMCnet Contributing Writer
Technological advances are forcing different institutions to alter the way in which they carry out their daily business and move into the automated and mobile digital approaches. One such institution is the Rothesay Netherwood School in New Brunswick, for 6-12 graders, which has expressed interest in solutions that will help deliver collaborative communication services campus wide.
In addition to this, the campus seeks to deploy applications supporting the popular “bring your own device” trend.
According to an announcement released by Avaya, Rothesay Netherwood expects it to build a futuristic collaborative network free of the bogging bottlenecks and proficient in supporting innovative approaches to learning.
Avaya’s network solution will allow the school to deliver teaching and other learning activities to students at any time through any device, regardless of the student and teacher location. This is good news bearing in mind that the school spans over a 200-acre campus – a vast area that isn’t easy to cover with any normal local area network (LAN) solutions.
The changing load and dynamicity of IT infrastructure was simply more than what the school’s aging network system could accommodate. In addition to this, some classes lacked voice connection to the entire system and most students remained stuck with their school-issued laptops since there was no means of providing secure broadband to all the student s and teachers.
These worries, however, will be outdated once the Avaya solution fully integrates into the system. Teachers will easily link class work to additional online learning material, while students will no longer have to take a trip to the library or data center to research for their assignments.
Creating a network system that will even add and fully support individual devices like iPads and tablets brought into the school by students might sound complex and a hard implementation. But this is not the case. The Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) forms a solid foundation on which an efficient but simple system moulds.
In terms of deliverables, teachers and staff members can now communicate via Avaya IP phones, cell phones tethered to office line or laptops, provided they have active connection to the network. Avaya’s solution centers on innovations of NetAdmins, which is an Avaya Connect Channel Partner (News - Alert).
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Edited by Braden Becker
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